So here’s a novel idea…
Remember those innocent children’s television characters you were so fond of when you were growing up? When you actually think a little bit harder about them, didn’t some of them have the potential to be utterly terrifying?
So, I’m going to look in to the possibility that some characters who were originally conceived as being suitable for children could be reimagined to make pretty damn scary horror movie killers or antagonists. You only have to look at films like ‘Pinocchio’s Revenge’ to see how this can work out.
With that in mind, here are five kids TV characters who would make terrifying horror movie villains (I should warn you, prior to you embarking through the list, that these tend to come from shows that were being aired on children’s television when I was growing up in the 80s, so you’re unlikely to have heard of them unless you’re at least in your mid-late twenties)…
5. The Cast Of Rentaghost (Rentaghost)
A Rentaghost movie was actually said to be on the cards a couple of years ago, with Russell Brand, then Ben Stiller, touted as the unlikely stars.
However, given that the two aforementioned actors were in line to star, it certainly seems as though any producers with intentions to produce such a film had the comedy genre in mind.
What a waste. Rentaghost could make a hugely entertaining horror spectacle.
Imagine, if you will, that an organisation existed who controlled and rented out genuinely terrifying ghosts, at a huge cost, to rich clients who wish to scare the bejesus out of someone they dislike. Now imagine it as a horror movie. It would be awesome!
Joss Whedon’s The Cabin In The Woods showcased the possibility of evil creatures as corporate property and, despite a relatively uninspiring box office reception, the critical reception for that movie was exceptional. With the right marketing and the right team behind it, a Rentaghost horror movie could be a hit with both critics and audiences.
This article was first posted on August 2, 2013